One of the biggest complaints we get on the help desk is that the computer they are using is running slowly. We understand it can be extremely frustrating when your computer is slow. The majority of your job is performed on a computer, and when you are waiting for it to do even basic tasks, it ends up killing your productivity. There are some ways you can speed up your PC though, and most won’t even cost you any money!
One of the biggest reasons a computer slows down is due to viruses and malware on the system. It may not even be obvious malware that pops up in your face constantly. It can be subtle and behind the scenes, making your computer slow without a peep. The best way to clear these out is to run a virus scan. Sometimes your standard virus protection is unable to detect certain kinds of malware that could be slowing your system down. Check with your IT support provider to help you get your system cleared out of any potential threats.
Check Startup Programs
Often when you install various programs onto your computer, they could add something to help you launch the program faster when you reboot your computer. These are usually referred to as startup items. It loads a portion of a program, so when you go to use that particular program it loads up much more quickly. Most of the time, these startup items are not necessary. Especially if it aids a program that you don’t use very often. There are some programs, however, that require their startup items to be running in order to work properly. Be careful when disabling any startup items to make sure you aren’t doing more damage to your computer than necessary.
Add or Replace Hardware
Once, when working at an IT firm, one of the IT managers was using a computer to enter time and to run maintenance on client machines, and more. The machine was painfully slow. Finally, he became frustrated enough that he decided to do something about it. He added more RAM to the machine, and the device was suddenly so much faster! It can be as simple as adding RAM to your device or could be something a little more complicated like replacing your hard drive with a higher speed model.
Sometimes your computer can slow down from overuse. Is the device getting too hot? Is the hard drive too full? Are there too many programs installed? When this happens, you may have to go through the computer manually to uninstall any programs that are not necessary. You may also have to look through your downloads folder and clean up some hard drive space. A great program to help you find exactly what is taking up the most space on your computer is TreeSize. Using the program you will find the largest folders and files so you can easily move files to external storage, or delete them. Make sure you do not delete anything that you don’t understand or know exactly what it is! It could be important!
Performing these tasks can breathe new life into your aging computer, but use them wisely. Never perform any tasks that you do not fully understand.